Creating Connections is a biennial conference that has taken place since 2009.
On May 5th and 6th 2017, WWEST at SFU brought together 238 people for Creating Connections 5.0 for two days of networking, panels, workshops, and keynote speeches. The event featured keynotes by Jill Earthy (Chief Growth Officer at FrontFundr), Kathy Kinloch (President of BCIT), and Wyle Baoween (CEO and Co-Founder of HRx Technologies Inc.). There were workshops and panel discussions dedicated to personal and professional development, entrepreneurship, and advocating with impact. Event feedback included comments like, “I really liked how it focused on Diversity for all, not just women. This is much more inclusive and provides a better platform for buy in,” and, “All sessions were presented by powerful speakers and made a big impression on me! I gained a lot of new experiences, new perspectives and thoughts, and learned a lot about improving myself (and me as a brand) and my network.”
Creating Connections 6.0 took place May 3-4, 2019. It had our highest amount of attendees yet at 284. Our keynote speakers were Michele Romanow ("Dragon" on Dragons' Den and Co-Founder of Clearblanc), Ella Chan (Sci-Files on YouTube), and Sabina Nawaz (global CEO coach and leadership speaker). Creating Connections 6.0 was a diversity conference focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining women and underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This conference included presentations and workshops surrounding issues of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. We aim to engage industry, the community, and students to increase the awareness and participation of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields of study and careers, and to better prep industries for sustainable solutions and developments so everyone can explore and participate in STEM. This year's conference also included a Negotiation Skills for Women workshop which equipped women with the knowledge, support, and skills to advance their careers. Participants learned about adjusting your mindset around negotiation, how to know your worth, and how to ask for what you want.